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Samoilove Yrii

Born in 1987.

Yrii is a graphic artist and painter with an extraordinary background. His first encounter with art happened at the age of 20, when, after graduating from Moscow Film School as a screenwriter and a director, he returned to painting and drawing.

Yrii's artworks is a methodological examination of the nature of painting.  He continues the line of abstract artists of America and German neo-expressionists of 1960-70 (especially De Kooning, Baselitz and Kiefer). Through them, Samoilov looks into the question of the method, which for him is the problem of the relationship between the figurative and abstraction. The artist approaches this border with automatic writing and palimpsest of textures.

At the creation of abstraction, there is a very big risk of going into the visual precisely by accident, unintentionally. Automatic writing removes the problem by making the image identical in meaning and importance of abstraction. The line is erased, and the uniquely figurative can use the plastic language in which it is not recognized immediately.

The same with the palimpsest: Yrii applies and erases the layers of paint, covers one another, scrapes the drawing with a sharp turn of the brush and uses a spray bottle along with acrylic and pastel from the tube and pastel. The texture of these works gravitates to sculptural plastic, and therefore to the pathos of the material. The material and its modeling becomes no less interesting and important than the image itself.

Due to all the above, artworks are created, where a viewer can find a collision of different visual problems, each is attractive in its own way: from the boundaries of figurative painting, automatic and thoughtful, to pumping up the texture, as a way to overcome the painting itself.

Selected Exhibitions:

“One, Two, Three” by a-s-t-r-a, Cube.Moscow, 2019;

Dead Bodybuilder, Richter, 2019;

Two guys / One Exhibition (with American photographer John Hunter Tenney, Free Workshop), 2018;

“Seven gentlemen in Moscow”, Osnova Gallery, 2018;

“9th round”, “October”, 2018;

Meditating Dog (experimental art studio), 2017.





Works

Untitled
Samoilove Yrii

Untitled, 2017

Paper, oil, acrylic
84x120 cm
1 250 $
Untitled
Samoilove Yrii

Untitled, 2017

Paper, oil, acrylic
84x120 cm
1 250 $
Untitled
Samoilove Yrii

Untitled, 2019

Acrylic on paper
84x120 cm
1 250 $
Walkabout
Samoilove Yrii

Walkabout, 2017

Acrylic on paper
84x120 cm
2 500 $
Hunters I
Samoilove Yrii

Hunters I, 2018

Acrylic on paper
84x120 cm
2 500 $
Uchain
Samoilove Yrii

Uchain, 2018

Acrylic on paper
42x60 cm
1 333 $
Drive-in
Samoilove Yrii

Drive-in, 2017

Acrylic, oil, and gouache on paper
120x84 cm
1 667 $
Wings
Samoilove Yrii

Wings, 2019

Acrylic, oil, and gouache on paper
120x84 cm
1 667 $
Figures
Samoilove Yrii

Figures, 2019

Paper, mixed media
84x120 cm
1 667 $
Self-Portrait
Samoilove Yrii

Self-Portrait, 2018

Paper, mixed media
42x60 cm
1 167 $
Untitled
Samoilove Yrii

Untitled, 2018

Paper, mixed media
42x60 cm
1 167 $
Untitled
Samoilove Yrii

Untitled, 2018

Paper, mixed media
84x120 cm
1 667 $
Untitled
Samoilove Yrii

Untitled, 2018

Paper, mixed media
84x120 cm
1 333 $
Diptych: Adam & Eve
Samoilove Yrii

Diptych: Adam & Eve, 2019

Paper, mixed media
84x120 cm
3 333 $
Diptych: Adam & Eve
Samoilove Yrii

Diptych: Adam & Eve, 2019

Paper, mixed media
84x120 cm
3 333 $
Triptych: Blowjob
Samoilove Yrii

Triptych: Blowjob, 2019

Paper, mixed media
84x120 cm
4 167 $
Triptych: Thin Ice
Samoilove Yrii

Triptych: Thin Ice, 2019

Paper, mixed media
84x120 cm
4 167 $
Triptych: Fire! Walk With Me
4 167 $

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